On my visit to IPW 2015 I had the pleasure of visiting the Boathouse restaurant.

I do love all things nautical and I was not disappointed in the theming of this area. It is outstanding in every aspect.



Attached to the Boathouse is a shop called "Ships Store".



Selling nautical items. Some novel and unique. If you want to buy a vintage outboard you can. But it might take you over your baggage allowance on the way home a little.



At over $2000 each I didn't buy one. But they do look nice.



One thing I did nearly buy is an oar. For $60 you can have your own message put on them. But I was pushing the weight limit for my suitcase so I didn't this time. There is always a next time.



Firstly let me take you on a trip around the marina. You can walk through the restaurant to get to the Dockside Bar. Always a popular place in the evenings.



A nice place to relax and grab a drink and some food.



It is quite a large bar with plenty of seats around.



There is also outside seating around the marina too.



This is one of my favourite spots. I could spend hours sitting here with a few cools beers



As you walk around the marina there are more outboard motors to add to the theming.



And some sort of UFO boats.



Now the boats. There is an impressive array of vintage craft on display. This is "Alter Ego" a vintage jet boat.



Complete with an information plaque.



There is a Venetian boat that can be privately rented.









And a boat that looks like a pink Cadillac.






How about a couples trip in the oldest boat in the marina. It is actually steam powered and will be available for private hire.



The marina is a stunningly themed place and I can see this being a major attraction in Disney Springs. I know it is somewhere I will always be heading to when I visit.



The restaurant. As you enter you are treated to an impressive display of shellfish in the raw bar.



Once again no expense has been spared on the theming of this place.






It even contains a real Chris-Craft boat.



Which has been converted to a special booth. It looks really good too.



I did ask some random people if I could take their photo.



There are several sections of the restaurant with slightly different theming.



A more formal white linen area. All overlooking the marina.



Another bar area.






A couple of the restaurant areas are set aside for private events.












Another event area. I actually missed out on an IPW private party for 150 here on the Tuesday evening as I was somewhere else. I would have loved to have come here that night too. But only so many hours in a day.



While I was here I had a quick lunch. It was my last day and I only had a short time before I had to get to the airport for my return flight.



A few have said that the restaurant is expensive so I was determined to prove otherwise. You can have a great meal and drink here and only spend around the same price as the other main restaurants in Disney Springs.



The Boathouse is run by the Gibson group of restaurants out of Chicago. They own several restaurants specialising in steak and seafood. So they are a great fit to run this restaurant.

They have a signature burger known as Gibsons "Sandwich King" Burger. It is prime beef with Cherry Peppers and Jalapeńo with spicy mayo.

I was interested in this for a couple of reasons. Firstly as I mentioned before I wanted to prove you could do this on a budget and secondly I wanted to see if they could pull off the burger without overdoing the spice.

I love spicy food but often with burgers you find they just over do the chilli and you can't really taste anything else. Not the case here. I was very impressed with the subtle flavours. The chilli didn't overpower the meal. The meat was cooked to perfection and was really juicy. The picture doesn't do justice to the size of this meal. It was huge. Far too many fries even for me.



So my opinion of this new restaurant for Disney Springs. All in all it is simply an amazing venue. I loved it and will be back time and time again.

I love the look and feel of the place. The staff were really attentive and pleasant to be around. There was none of the stuffiness that you can get in some of the top end steak houses in Disney. And yes you can do it on a budget too. My meal was $27 including the beer. Lunch in a nice setting with great service for just Ł17.50 each. You can't really complain at that can you?

This will be a popular place for many years to come. Give it a try. I know you won't be disappointed.


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